DBA ACTIVELY ADVANCES WATER MANAGEMENT EDUCATION
FOR PROFESSIONALS, STUDENTS, AND THE PUBLIC

STAFF

Dana Nunez Brown, FASLA, PLA, AICP, LEED AP

dbrown@danabrownassociates.com

During her decades of experience as a landscape architect and planner, Dana has worked for firms in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Boston, and Orange County, California, including two of the largest design firms in the United States.

A native of New Orleans, Dana has worked tirelessly to address the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Louisiana Department of Environment Quality requirements for water quality. She has written and revised chapters of the development code for several municipalities and parishes. She authored a manual to guide developers and design professionals in designing and implementing stormwater best management practices and organizes and leads dozens of stormwater workshops each year.

Dana holds a BLA degree from Louisiana State University and MLA degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and is a professional landscape architect, licensed in several states. She is a long-time active member of ASLA and is a Fellow of the organization.

Dana is a certified planner (AICP), and a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP).

She serves as Chair of the Water Environment Federation (WEF) WEFTEC Workshops Subcommittee, a member of the WEF Stormwater Committee, and a WEF Licensed Trainer of the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP). Dana is also the Treasurer of the Louisiana Urban Stormwater Coalition.

Dana is a founding member of Water Wise Gulf South which trains and educates residents in implementing green infrastructure in their neighborhoods.

As President of Dana Brown & Associates, she pioneered design of green infrastructure throughout Louisiana.

Dana taught classes on the subject at the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture and the University of New Orleans (UNO). She regularly guest lectures at Tulane University, UNO, and Xavier University. She is the author of “Using Plants for Stormwater Management: A Green Infrastructure Guide for the Gulf South,” LSU Press, April 2014.

Christopher Africh, ASLA

cafrich@danabrownassociates.com 

Chris Africh, Principal, holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University. As a native of South Louisiana, Chris has worked on a variety of projects involving community livability and enhancement, improvements of open drainage ways, greenway design, Complete Streets design, flood recovery and disaster planning, strategic redevelopment planning, and post disaster relief community site design. A talented artist, Chris also believes in the importance of readable, well-crafted work to better illustrate and help the public understand the design and the design intention. His modeling and graphic talent has helped prepare large scale public presentations, and his use of working digital models during the design process allows for real world spatial analysis and interaction.

Danielle Duhe, ASLA, PLA, APA

dduhe@danabrownassociates.com

Danielle Duhe, Principal, holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University. As a licensed landscape architect, Danielle has extensive experience in outreach and education, parks and recreational planning, and in the design and construction of stormwater management facilities. She is experienced in land use analysis and planning, code regulations and revisions, community revitalization, and public engagement strategies. Danielle has worked on a number of projects that have focused on pedestrian safety through design strategies, all while incorporating green infrastructure facilities. She has conducted road safety audits and written Complete Street policies for municipalities to adopt and implement. Danielle is a very active volunteer in the community, leading tours of green infrastructure, speaking at community events, and bringing her professional experience in design to her personal involvement in improving both New Orleans and the State of Louisiana. Danielle currently serves as President for the Louisiana Chapter of ASLA.

Richard Longman, ASLA, PLA AIA, LEED BD+C

rlongman@danabrownassociates.com

Richard Longman, Principal, holds a Master of Landscape Architecture and a Bachelor of Architecture from Louisiana State University. As a licensed landscape architect and licensed architect, Richard has worked for firms in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Shreveport over the course of his career. With over three decades of experience in the architecture and landscape architecture fields, Richard has worked on projects in United States, Australia, France, and United Kingdom on various size projects. He brings to projects his deep understanding of the interconnectivity between the landscape and buildings. Additionally, Richard has over seven years’ experience working as an environmental consultant for regional and national environmental engineering and industrial hygiene firms throughout the United States.

Richard is a graduate of the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program and a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction which provides him with a deep understanding of environmental sustainability and resiliency issues. Richard has completed the evaluator training for Safety Assessment Program by the AIA Disaster Assistance Program to assist local governments during times of natural disaster in determining habitability of damaged structures. Richard has served on the executive committee of the Louisiana Chapter of the United States Green Building Council and the Baton Rouge AIA chapter’s Committee of the Environment.

Delaney McGuinness, ASLA, PLA

dmcguinness@danabrownassociates.com

Delaney McGuinness, Senior Associate, has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University. While enrolled, she gained professional experience working for the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio and in Southern California and the Netherlands. She is grateful for this global project experience, but is eager to work on pragmatic resilience projects in her hometown of New Orleans. Through DBA, Delaney is heavily involved in Water Wise Gulf South green infrastructure visioning and installations in Treme, the Seventh Ward, and the Upper Ninth Ward-Bunny Friend neighborhoods. She also serves as the Emerging Professionals representative for the Louisiana Chapter of ASLA, a 40 under 40 Cohort member of the Youth Empowerment Project, and as an active Race Committee member for Susan G. Komen New Orleans.

Blake Crow, APA

bcrow@danabrownassociates.com

Blake Crow, Senior Associate, holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from University of New Orleans and Bachelor of History from University of Alabama at Birmingham. Blake is a graduate of the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program and also completed immersive planning and preservation field schools located in Milwaukee, Virginia, and Cuba. He has experience managing successful projects and preparing beneficial reports related to land use planning, stormwater management, post-disaster resiliency, historic preservation, and outdoor recreation. As an outdoor enthusiast, Blake believes in collaboratively working with nature and seeks to connect community members to their native habitats. He is an avid volunteer for New Orleans organizations that promote environmental equity, reforestation, fair housing, community health, and hazard mitigation.

Taylor Fehmel, ASLA, PLA, LEED GA

tfehmel@danabrownassociates.com

Taylor Fehmel, Associate, earned a Master of Landscape Architecture with a graduate minor in Wetland Science and Management from Louisiana State University. She also holds a Bachelor degree in Horticulture and Landscape Design from the University of Delaware. Taylor has a wealth of site design and construction experience having managed the design studio for a large design-build firm prior to moving to Louisiana. During that time, she designed and built numerous detail-oriented projects throughout Delaware. Taylor has deep interests in ecological processes and plant adaptations in coastal regions; having researched those subjects intensely throughout her academic and professional career. Having spent most of her life in the northeast, Taylor is excited to be working in New Orleans. She is committed to promoting resiliency and climate adaptation by implementing green infrastructure into her projects. Taylor serves on the Associate Advisory Committee and the Climate Action Committee for National ASLA.

Sophie Lott, ASLA

slott@danabrownassociates.com

Sophie Lott, Associate, holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from New Mexico State University. She worked in the marketing world for start-ups and non-profits before discovering the design world of landscape architecture and has not looked back since. Before returning to her hometown of New Orleans, Sophie lived in many cities both nationally and internationally where she gained a deep understanding of the complex relationships people have with water and the role it plays in a community. Inspired by these experiences she has focused on projects centered around open-space equity and water management while in graduate school. As a native of Louisiana, she is excited to work on projects that promote healthy, safe, and resilient neighborhoods across the state and coastal region.

Lauren Williams, ASLA

lwilliams@danabrownassociates.com

Lauren Williams, Associate, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Design Studies and a Master of Landscape Architecture from North Carolina State University. While in graduate school, she also pursued a certificate in Natural Hazards Resilience from the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina. She has work experience from multiple states across the Eastern United States as well as international training. Her interests are rooted in stormwater management and she has played a key role in award-winning green infrastructure projects in both North Carolina and Louisiana. She moved to New Orleans to follow her passion for working in flood mitigation. Lauren is enthusiastic about connecting with the client and the public to create multifaceted designs addressing issues of ecological and environmental justice.

Erin Schilling

eschilling@danabrownassociates.com

Erin Schilling, Marketing Manager and Senior Associate, holds a Master in the Art of Teaching degree from University of New Orleans and a Bachelor of Science in Merchandising/Journalism from the University of Delaware. After a career in copy editing and design for a major newspaper and a brief stint teaching high school English, Erin found her niche in creating informative and beautiful compositions for the design industry. Though born in New Jersey, her writer’s heart lies in the watery, potholed streets of New Orleans. Working closely with technical staff, Erin is constantly looking for ways to improve understanding of complex projects.

Gari Sampey

gsampey@danabrownassociates.com

Gari Sampey, Business Manager, holds a Bachelor of Accounting from University of Phoenix. Gari comes to DBA with over 30 years’ experience.  She has an extensive analytical background in accounts receivable, reimbursement, budgeting, contracting, and computer system conversions.  While working at Medical Center of Louisiana as the Patient Accounting Director she not only restructured the department, but also changed the department’s culture. Her leadership and work ethic were contributing factors to her Director of the Year award. Gari also worked with Tulane University Medical Group. While there, Gari provided a critical role in launching the first Tulane Medical Group Psychiatry Clinic that would wholly function under the direction of the University. Gari has also volunteered with several organizations throughout her career with a focus on healthcare such as the American Heart Association and Susan G. Komen. Gari decided to broaden her knowledge outside of healthcare and is excited to be using her vast accounting expertise for DBA in landscape architecture and planning consulting.